RE: Alternatives to browsers (was Re: Alternatives to the W3C)
Hi Sabin, Sabin said: If you've got CORBA/RMI/DCOM clients and servers on both ends why would you want to take a detour via XML over HTTP (other than for firewall traversal). The generated XML would be about as illuminating (and as helpful for interoperation) as running a binary executable through a disassembler. I think this is a case of horses for courses ... both XML over HTTP and CORBA/RMI/DCOM have useful jobs to do, but I don't think either can make the other redundant. Didier replies: There is an hidden asset in using XML as a marshaling language. For instance, an object's content can be encoded as an element. If the object at one end is either a CORBA or a DCOM objects equipped with a stub to decode the marshaled XML format back to the object's value, the CORBA/DCOM object can process it and return an answer...as an XML formatted document. So far, so good, you probably made the inference that the client is also a CORBA/DCOM object. It could be the case, but it could as well be a browser that crated an XML document to be sent to the remote object. Moreover, the middleware may as well always include a <xml-stylesheet> processing instruction. A client object may do nothing with it but a browser would. The important thing to see here, is that if we use a common format for either document or data, then data could be seen as a document. For instance, the marshaled content usually opaque can be seen as a document and displayed in a browser. Or a document could be transformed and fed to a CORBA/DCOM object. The end result versatility and a huge paradigm shift to do ;-) Cheers Didier PH Martin ---------------------------------------------- Email: martind@n... Conferences: Web New York (http://www.mfweb.com) Book to come soon: XML Pro published by Wrox Press Products: http://www.netfolder.com xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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